So filming has been on hiatus for a week and will be for another week. When we last left off with filming they were doing scenes from Ana’s graduation, you know, when she agrees to the contract. But while she’s there she also sees Ethan Kavanagh and Christian gets a little jealous. But we don’t have an Ethan cast, which got me thinking, that they’re not writing him into the first movie. Either he’s not mentioned or maybe they’ll just use an extra and mention him, but cut the jealous dialog out of the movie. Either way, it’s the only scene he’s in so if he wasn’t cast yet, then he’s not getting cast.
But what about the other characters we’re waiting for…
E L James has said, in response to questions about the casting of Mrs. Robinson, that she isn’t in the first book. I think it’s safe to assume Flynn wasn’t written in either. I personally view this as a good sign, I think they’ll be able to draw (and pay) bigger stars for the second film for both of these roles.
How about Carrick Grey? There’s no indication that they’ve filmed any scenes with the Grey family so far, so I’m not stressed. But, I do wonder what this delay means? Maybe the name just hasn’t gotten out, or maybe they’re looking for another bigger name actor to take the part and it’s harder to get them signed.
I think the final piece is Mrs. Jones, a lady not embarrassed to clean the Red Room of Pain. Granted, she has a limited role in the first book, but who is going to make breakfast and date Max Martini?
Update – As someone pointed out in the comments we are missing Jack and Elizabeth. They are just there for the interview scene at SIP. I don’t think the scene is integral to the story, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it was cut from the movie and they were introduced in the second film. But I would love to see them!
I’m hoping to hear names soon, but probably not for a least another week or two. So much excitement to start the new year!